Date: 31 October 2018
As research lead for Infectious Diseases in South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dr David Chadwick has overseen a substantial increase in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) activity over the past 10 years, increasing the number of NIHR studies and patient recruitment.
Dr Chadwick managed to do this by increasing participation in studies in infectious diseases antibiotics and vaccine trials, as well as developing capacity for research in microbiology and Genitourinary Medicine (GUM).
He has recently been awarded over £300,000 in research grants for a number of studies looking at HIV testing and HIV/hepatitis B co-infection, which has led to a substantial increase in recruitment to studies in South Tees.
Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) has been vital to the success of Dr Chadwick and the research team. They engaged with four patient groups to encourage participation in clinical research, including with patients attending the department’s HIV and viral hepatitis clinics to recruit to studies.
With the prize money Dr Chadwick is going to organise a training afternoon for current R&D staff and clinicians in his department, and affiliated departments, to highlight current studies and potential future studies, promote greater research involvement of clinicians and explore ways of improving recruitment. He also plans to develop a departmental leaflet advertising research in general to patients, with an input from PPIE members in the trust. The leaflet will give examples of previous research studies and how these studies have improved patients’ care.
Dr David Chadwick, Research Lead for Infectious Diseases in South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR CRN NENC Specialty Group Lead for Infectious Diseases said: “It is an honour to be recognised for my contribution to research in infection diseases in the South Tees area.
“I’m passionate about ensuring all of my department and affiliated departments are research active and promote research at every opportunity to patients. I wouldn’t be able to do my work without the support of the NIHR and our ID research team here at James Cook.”
Professor Stephen Robson, Clinical Director for National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria said: “It’s excellent to see David excelling, his impact on research into infection diseases is remarkable. It is also excellent to see David using PPIE in his work, he’s leading the way for PPIE in all aspects of the studies.
“Winning a Royal College of Physicians and Clinical Research Network Joint award is a huge honour and I am proud to have him as part of the network. Congratulations, David.”
Professor Eric Alton, NIHR Clinical Research Network Specialty Cluster Lead, which includes infection studies said: “It is a pleasure both to congratulate Dr Chadwick on his achievement which highlights the important role of PPIE, as well as to underline the importance of the NIHR Clinical Research Network and the Royal College of Physicians working closely together to celebrate success in research.”
Dr Jane Minton, NIHR National Specialty Lead for Infection said: “Dr Chadwick has really put Infection research in North East and North Cumbria CRN and South Tees Infectious Diseases in South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the map, with consistent recruitment to NIHR CRN Portfolio studies, as well as supporting the development of other researchers in the region. He made a great contribution to the Infection National Specialty Group as Industry lead for several years.”
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